A bizarre mix that is part Sons of Anarchy, part X-Files and a whole load of confusion, The Violent Kind is another example of a movie trying too hard to be different.

You wouldn’t know that from the opening sequence though – a jarring mesh of sweaty sex and punch-ups that had my finger hovering over the fast-forward button.

Thankfully things improve somewhat from that point, as writer-directors The Butcher Brothers (I kid you not) set about racing through the genres.

The plot appears a very simple one – members of biker gang ‘The Crew’ head out to a cabin in the woods to celebrate the 50th birthday of one of their mothers.

Cue lots of drunken debauchery and revving engines as the gang, led by Q (Bret Roberts) set about having a good time.

Shortly afterwards a loved-up couple decide its time to head home, only for the girl to arrive back at the party later that evening drenched in blood.

Turns out (wouldn’t you know) she has somehow become possessed, and we get treated to an Evil Dead-style cabin in the woods carnage fest.

As if that was not enough, things then take another twist when a bunch of greased-hair, James Dean spouting 50s hipsters turn up to add to the chaos.

Things get pretty much out of hand from that moment and I admit the whole thing did lose me.

I really would love to tell you what the film was about, but to be honest I don’t really know.

Things are never explained and the filmmakers seem more intent on throwing in a lot of stuff that would sort of look cool.

To be fair the acting is pretty decent all round and, for a film that blatantly has a low budget, the effects work is solid.

I feel really bad criticising a movie that obviously intended to stray from the straight and narrow, but to be perfectly honest The Violent Kind is likely to frustrate as much as it is to entertain.


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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle